December 12, 2017
Campus Events

Tuesday, Dec. 12        
-Finals Week

Wednesday, Dec. 13     
-Finals Week

Thursday, Dec. 14    
-Finals Week

-The Polytechnic Experience Live: UAS at 7 p.m., Facebook Live Session

Friday, Dec. 15    
-Finals Week

-Salina Purple Friday campaign begins

Saturday, Dec. 16   
-Winter Break Begins for Students

Sunday, Dec. 17         
-No Events Scheduled

Monday, Dec. 18        
-AARC Holiday Open House from 9 to 11 a.m., UAS Lab

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Editor's note: Wildcat Weekly on hiatus during Winter Break

The Wildcat Weekly will be paused during the upcoming Winter Break. Please note that any news or event item submitted to the communications and marketing office for publication will be held until the newsletter resumes. The hiatus dates are as follows: Tuesday, Dec. 19 through Tuesday, Jan. 9. The Wildcat Weekly will start being sent again on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Have a happy holiday and blessed New Year!
K-State Polytechnic welcomes new military-connected student assistant
Active duty students and veteran students have a new resource on campus. Andrew Daly, a sophomore in the aviation program, is now the military-connected student assistant.

Andrew will provide direct support for military-connected students and their families throughout their academic career. His roles include helping with VA benefits, making connections both on and off campus, and assisting students with accessing needed resources.

Andrew will be located in the Student Military Center in Tullis and is available to help during these times:

Monday: 11:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Campus scavenger hunt winners announced
For one week, Julie Rowe, student activities coordinator, and Katherine Jones,  undergraduate services librarian, have kept the Polytechnic Campus on pins and needles with their scavenger hunt clues. Now, the game is officially over because the prize has been found.

Courtney Hoffman, a senior double majoring in human development and family science and personal financial planning who graduated last week, Dene Sheridan, an accounting specialist in the fiscal services office, and Monica Curnutt, accountant II in the fiscal services office, followed the daily hints successfully and found the hidden jackpot in the Student Life Center. The prize - a  $50 gift card to the campus bookstore - was handed out to a faculty winner, Dene and Monica, and a student winner, Courtney.

If you are curious about the translation of each clue, check out their meaning below:

 1.   "Water boils at "C" level" - 100 degrees Celsius translates into Centennial Road, where SLC is located, because centennial is 100th anniversary.
   2.  "Kindness effects more than severity" - It is a quote from the parable of the wind and the sun, which translates into the wind turbine and solar panels near SLC.
   3.  "It takes a village" -  Village People sing a song called "YMCA," which is similar to a gymnasium.
   4.  "On the court and on the bib" - You dribble on a basketball court, which is located in the SLC.
   5.  "Same as 1266, 103-104, 3055" -  722 on various ancient calendars is Kyle Chamberlin's office number as listed in the staff directory.
   6.  "Is not idle" - This refers to the idea that the prize is on the move because Kyle is always on the move.
   7.  "Next to debits and credits" - Kyle's office is next to Kari Zook's office and she is an accountant.
   8.  "British treasurer has the prize" - Chamberlin, Kyle's last name, can be a British term for treasurer.
K-State Polytechnic, KWU join together to increase purple pride in Salina

Wear purple. Be proud.  K-State Polytechnic and  Kansas Wesleyan University , with the help of the  Salina Area Chamber of Commerce  and  Rocking M Media , are launching a new campaign in Salina that encourages the community to show support for the two local universities.

Beginning Dec. 15, Salina Purple Friday asks residents to wear purple each Friday in honor of the college students that are studying at K-State Polytechnic and KWU, and in turn, can receive discounts at various partnering businesses and restaurants. 

The students attending the two local universities benefit from the support of the Salina community, including internships, part-time jobs, employment after graduation and a great quality of life. Conversely, the universities provide benefit to the community, including economic impact, entertainment and educational resources. In celebration of this collaboration, the task force hopes to encourage great participation among students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and community members in wearing purple on Friday.

For more information about the Salina Purple Friday campaign and to see a list of business partners who are offering special rates and deals for those wearing purple, visit
Lenexa native Christopher Stewart, right, shakes President Richard B. Myers' hand during K-State Polytechnic's commencement ceremony on Dec. 8. Stewart, a graduate of the UAS bachelor's degree option, joins 45 other students earning their diplomas this fall.
K-State BSIC research director pens article for chemical engineering publication 
The research director of the Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center is helping to bring recognition to the Salina-based facility with the publishing of his written article in a chemical engineering news magazine.

John Lawrence, who has been at the helm of the BSIC since November 2015, recently saw his paper, "Powder and Bulk Solids Handling: Particle Size and Distribution Analysis" published in Chemical Engineering magazine. The article is a guide to understanding how the size and size distribution of particles are important determining factors in the design and operation of the bulk solids handling process. 

If you would like to read John's research article, click HERE.

A high-five is one of the most recognizable ways two people can share excitement or celebrate a job well done. Kansas State Polytechnic's CEO and Dean Verna Fitzsimmons awards her high-five each week to honor faculty, staff and students for their dedication to the university.
Thank you Julie Rowe and Katherine Jones for organizing the scavenger hunt!

A big high-five goes to Julie Rowe and Katherine Jones for putting together a fun and engaging campus scavenger hunt. The search helped to give students an essential break from studying for finals while it gave faculty and staff a welcomed recess from work. It also created an active campus environment and encouraged Wildcat camaraderie. Well done!
FAFSA now open for 2018-2019
1. The FAFSA is now open for 2018-2019. The priority date to complete is December 1, 2017. K-State's school code is 001928. Students can apply at

K-State's scholarship application is available for 2018-2019. Apply at
Priority deadline is February 1, 2018 for continuing students.

1.  AIRPORT MANAGEMENT - Airports Council International is offering a scholarship to students majoring in airport management with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. DEADLINE:  December 15

2. AVIATION - Pioneers of Flight scholarship is a $1,000 award available to college sophomores and juniors with a 3.0 or better GPA who are enrolled full-time in an aviation degree program. DEADLINE: December 29

3.  AVIATION - ICAS Foundation offers a variety of scholarships for aviation students. DEADLINE: December 31

4. MILITARY SPOUSES - Scholarships are available to the spouses of military members through the National Military Family Association. DEADLINE: January 15, 2018

5. AVM/AVIONICS - Northrop Rice Foundation is offering 40 scholarships to aviation maintenance and avionics students, including one scholarship for $4,000 to be used for Snap-On tools. DEADLINE: January 31, 2018

6. K-STATE VETERANS - The K-State Student Veterans Center is offering a $1,000 Flint Hills Veterans scholarship to any U.S. military member currently serving or any honorably discharged veteran. Must be enrolled full time in a degree-seeking program. DEADLINE: February 1, 2018  

7. FEMALE ENGINEERS - The Society of Women Engineers is offering scholarships to females enrolled in engineering, computing or technology degree programs. Must have a 3.0 or better GPA to apply. Amounts range from $1,000 - $15,000. Deadline: February 15, 2018

8.  STUDY ABROAD - If you are interested in studying abroad in the Spring or Summer 2018 semester, the $5,000 Gilman scholarship is now open. Must be a U.S. Citizen who is pell grant eligible and who will do a study abroad program that is longer than 3 weeks. Contact the Office of Study Abroad on the Manhattan campus or visit   

Loan Repayment Option for Graduating Students
The state of Kansas is offering up to $15,000 in student loan repayment and up to a 5-year state tax waiver for graduates who establish residency in one of the 77 Kansas counties designated as a rural opportunity zone. For more information, visit: 

Employee Tuition Assistance and Spouse/Dependent Grant
1.  Employee Tuition Assistance

Award amount is for tuition only in a K-State course for up to 3 credit hours per term. 

The maximum award amount will not exceed the value of 3 hours at the in-state Manhattan/Salina tuition rate (ie. campus fees, other institutional fees, etc. are the responsibility of the employee). 

2.  Spouse/Dependent Grants (Only REGULAR employees are eligible.  If you are unsure if you are REGULAR or TERM, check your contract or with the HR office.)

For Dependents or Spouses that are enrolled full time in a degree terminating undergraduate program, the award will be the equivalent of the regular, resident on-campus tuition rate for 7 undergraduate course credits, where full-time for an undergraduate is defined as at least 12 enrolled credit hours per regular fall/spring term.

For Spouses that are enrolled part-time in a degree terminating undergraduate program the maximum award will be the equivalent of the regular, resident on-campus tuition rate for 3 undergraduate course credits, where part-time for an undergraduate is defined as less than 12 enrolled credit hours per regular fall/spring term. (Enrollment of less than 3 credit hours, will result in the proration of the award i.e. 2 credit hours enrolled = the equivalent of the regular, resident on-campus tuition rate for 2 credit hours - or - 1 credit hour enrolled = the equivalent of the regular, resident on-campus tuition rate for 1 credit hour. )

Dependents that are enrolled less than full-time in an undergraduate program are not eligible for the K-State Dependent/Spouse Grant.

For Dependents or Spouses that are enrolled in a degree terminating graduate or veterinary medicine program the maximum award will be the equivalent of the regular, resident on-campus tuition rate for 3 course credit hours as indicated by the student's degree program, graduate or veterinary medicine. (Enrollment of less than 3 credit hours, will result in the proration of the award i.e. 2 credit hours enrolled = the equivalent of the regular, resident on-campus tuition rate for 2 credit hours - or - 1 credit hour enrolled = the equivalent of the regular, resident on-campus tuition rate for 1 credit hour.)
All jobs, both part-time and full-time, as well as internship opportunities, are listed on Handshake (formerly CES). Create or access your Handshake account by logging into: 

For more information about this resource or additional employment resources, or for Handshake search assistance, please contact  Julie Rowe by email at, by phone at  (785) 826-2971, or in person on the first floor of the College Center.
To post a position on Handshake, you can create an employer account by logging into: contact Julie Rowe with any questions or concerns.